Violence against women and girls (VAWG) 45% of women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking Around 21% of girls experience some form of child sexual abuse At least 80,000 women suffer rape every year Over 1 in 4 people think a women was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing Two women a week in England and Wales are killed by a violent partner or ex- partner. This constitutes nearly 40% of all female homicide victims Repeat victimisation is common - 44% of victims of domestic violence are involved in more than one incident. No other type of crime has a rate of repeat victimisation as high 70% of incidents of domestic violence result in injury, (compared with 50% of incidents of acquaintance violence, 48% of stranger violence and 29% of mugging) In 2010 2823 incidents of 'honour' based violence were reported to the police In 2011 the Forced Marriage Unit gave advice in 1468 cases of possible forced marriage
Small groups discussion 1.What actions would you like the UK government to take to end violence against women and girls? 2.Using your gifts and resources, how can your diocese contribute to a global Mothers’ Union campaign to end violence against women and girls?